ACADIA 2020  |  DISTRIBUTED PROXIMITIES  |  October 24-30, 2020  |  Online + Global

ACADIA 2020 Proceedings
The proceedings for the ACADIA 2020 Conference can be purchased on Amazon using these links:
Volume I: Technical Papers, Keynote Conversations
Volume II: Projects, Field Notes, Videos, Awards, Workshops

The proceedings for the ACADIA 2020 Conference can be downloaded as PDF files using these links:
PDF - Volume I: Technical Papers, Keynote Conversations
PDF - Volume II: Projects, Field Notes, Videos, Awards, Workshops

Click Here to Access the ACADIA 2020 Conference Platform
The Distributed Proximities conference platform is an interactive, spatial visualization of the research presented and discussed at this year’s conference. It uses machine learning algorithms to analyze the conference content, identify key terms, and cross reference these terms with over 13,000 entries in the CumInCAD repository of research presented at ACADIA and its sibling organizations CAADRIA, eCAADe, SIGraDi, ASCAAD and CAADFutures over the past 40+ years. It also serves as an exhibition and archive of all research and design work presented at the 2020 ACADIA conference.

Link to ACADIA Youtube Channel for Keynote Event Livestreams


Abrupt shifts due to the global pandemic have precipitated myriad experiments in remoteness, improvised virtual communities, and rapid retooling to address novel urgencies. These circumstances provide an opportunity to reflect upon practices and priorities, to recognize the interdependent coevolutionary nature of our planet, society, and built environment, and to collectively re-imagine alternate futures.

Acknowledging the volatile disruptions of normal routines, Distributed Proximities aims to explore the complex contours of the moment by privileging operative modalities and their (re)organizational logics. The term “distributed computing” refers to any parallel computation process that partitions a complicated task into discrete quanta. Originally relying upon an operating system architecture with physically separated processing nodes, the system’s connected array structure is the source of its robustness. In the current state of forced semi-autonomy, a remarkable simulacrum has emerged: diverse, ad hoc adaptations—academia fragmented, distributed research, bottom-up fabrication—that demonstrate the resilience and ingenuity of the computational design community in the face of crisis.

With this reality as a point of departure, Distributed Proximities invites contributions of recent and emerging work in computational design innovation and culture. In addition to completed research, this year we encourage the submission of work that is in-process, behind-the-scenes, recently initiated, and in-formation.

ACADIA 2020 will be an entirely virtual event, featuring peer-reviewed, juried, and curated content, published proceedings, as well as live discussions and activities that aim to radically open up the conversation around computational design and its critical dialogues.